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Police: Woman threatened with knife in parking ramp near Rochester Public Library

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — A scary situation in downtown Rochester Sunday afternoon, as police said a woman driving to the library was threatened by a man with a knife.

Police have identified the suspect as 34-year-old Phillip Kuch. He was arrested late Sunday night.

Around 1:45 p.m., a 29-year-old Zumbrota woman was giving a homeless man a ride from the Dorothy Day House to the Rochester Public Library. While she was inside the Civic Center Parking Ramp, police said a man approached and slashed some of her vehicle’s tires.

The suspect then allegedly went around to the passenger side of the vehicle and began punching the window with his knife.

Police said the woman drove up a short distance and the man caught up, and continued to punch the car window with a knife. That continued to happen until the suspect left. According to police, the woman said she knew the man and used to have a relationship with him.

Earlier in the day, around 1:20 p.m., police said Kuch robbed a homeless man outside the Calvary Episcopal Church. According to police, Kuch told the victim, “I told you I was going to get you,” and placed his knife near the victim’s left stomach area. Kuch then allegedly took the victim’s large bag filled with personal items like bank cards, his cell phone and other items from his pockets.

Police arrested Kuch around 9:30 p.m. Kuch, who is homeless, was found sleeping in a stairwell in the Rochester skyways on the 6th floor of the 1st Street ramp.

Kuch is facing second-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery charges.

Byron Tollefson

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